Pallet Flow Overview

Pallet flow design incorporates a rack structure with roller tracks to form a gravity flow lane. The tracks are set with a decline pitch which allows pallets to move by gravity from the in feed side (rear) to the pick side (front). Dynamic brakes are installed within the track system to control the speed and assist in tracking of the pallets for safe handling. Lane capacity can be designed from 2 to 20 or more pallets deep, limited by building space, maximizing storage density.

Pallet flow provides FIFO (First In, First Out) inventory control and is preferred for products requiring stock rotation of time sensitive or perishable goods. Every pallet facing on each level can be a different SKU offering accessibility to each product. Pallet flow can be utilized to handle pallet loads or in high volume case pick operations to minimize restocking efforts.

Benefits & Features

  • High Density Storage
    Efficient use of vertical space and access to multiple pallets within a single lane makes pallet flow a high density storage system.
  • Flow Speed Control
    Flow speed control mechanisms, such as brakes or speed controllers, are used to regulate movement of pallets within the system, ensuring a safe and controlled descent.
  • Dynamic or Static Configuration
    Pallet flow systems can be designed with either a dynamic or static configuration. Dynamic systems use rollers or wheels, while static systems rely on gravity flow within a slightly inclined rack.
  • Reduced Forklift Travel
    Travel times are reduced for forklifts since pallets automatically move to the picking face. Resulting in time savings and increased operational efficiency.
  • Adaptability
    Wood, plastic and metal pallets can all be used within a pallet flow system making them adaptable to various industries.